Tens of thousands of pigs killed to stop the swine fever

In Romania, tens of thousands of pigs were slaughtered in an effort to halt the swine fever. But many breeders were unwilling to surrender their pigs to the government, and prefer to sell them on the internet.

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Why this story matters:

Although inspectors of the National Sanitary Veterinary and Food Safety Authority have warned the population about the disease, and people receive state compensation for their animals, many chose to slaughter their pigs themselves and sell the meat on the internet.

This latest outbreak of African swine fever was confirmed Monday by authorities in a village near Bucharest.

The situation is especially risky because African swine fever is both incurable and almost indetectible in infected pigs.

Measures taken by the sanitary veterinary authorities in Romania include isolating diseased areas, slaughtering sick pigs, and compensating owners for the animals taken. Also, wild boars have been killed in areas affected by the so-called swine plague, because contact between wildlife and domestic animals is considered to be one of the main reasons for the spread of the illness.

Details from the story:

  • Signs of disease include fever, apathy, redness on the ears, spots on the skin, and weakness.
  • The disease cannot be transmitted to humans, and poses no health risk for them.
  • So far about 50,000 pigs have been killed
  • The epidemic spreads because breeders fail to notice the symptoms, and transport their pigs to healthy areas.
  • This outbreak of African swine fever is believed to have originated from wild boars in Ukraine. Imports of pork from Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova were stopped.
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